Some more songs I love:
1. Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-Q3Pc1RwoM)
2. Seals & Crofts' "Windflowers" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...xLehMVg#t=129s)
3. Simon and Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfGL0a_pKz4)
4. Mozart's "Magic Flute" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...k2GbcY#t=5429s).
5. A. R. Rahman's "Jai Ho" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9b776fQ0MM)
Inti Illimani's La Rosa de los Vientos "Rose of the Winds" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_9d8AFotvQ) has become my new love. Its melody keeps circling my head when I walk, when I eat, when I sleep..... Thank you, Doris, for recommending the wonderful song.
This one is for the happy dance (The music is not impressive but the dance tickles me): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...Qyucfnc4#t=13s
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Great choices of songs, Olympia! yes, I am a fan of quite a few singer-songwriters, particularly James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen. Looking to the 1980's - Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams (even though he doesn't have a great voice - he has so much energy in concert, though).
Originally Posted by Olympia
skatinginbc, I all of the Magic Flute (and Mozart in general). Also a huge Gilbert & Sullivan fan.
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I went and listened to La Rosa de los Vientos. Golly, is it lovely.
Gordon Lightfoot; I love his voice. The Canadian Railroad Trilogy is just about my favorite work of his--along with "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." As for Springsteen, perhaps my favorite of his songs is "The Ghost of Tom Joad."
My mom loved Gilbert and Sullivan, so I love them too. I haven't committed enough of the word to memory! I always wanted to be able to sing "Poor Wand'ring One" from Pirates of Penzance. All that trilly stuff in the high register...still my dream!
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"Streets of Philadelphia" is my other favorite Springsteen song. I first heard it at the Oscars, and I was transfixed. Just the perfect tone for the context. The line about how "my clothes don't fit me" just breaks the heart, doesn't it?
Originally Posted by skatinginbc
I thought of another song. The Highwaymen was one of the great pick-up bands of all times, with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. I love their song "Highwayman." The singing order is Nelson, Kristofferson, Jennings, Cash.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Speaking of Willie Nelson, I love his version of City of New Orleans
I'm a sucker for songs with a story, including this one, "Pancho & Lefty", sung by Willie with Merle Haggard at Willie's concert to pay the IRS.
BTW, did you know that it was Willie who wrote "Crazy" for Patsy Cline
I also like Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" from 1973
And I can't think about the 1970's without thinking of the Carpenters, especially "On Top of the World"
(her death was so sad)
BTW, thanks to all who have shared links. I'm working my way through all the ones I haven't heard before, or haven't heard recently and want to revisit. What lovely fun!
That's a world-wide famous song. Even I heard of it when I grew up in the opposite side of the earth.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
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Olympia, I've lost count how many times we've seen Gordon Lightfoot in concert (another local concert coming up later this month). The Canadian Railroad Trilogy is brilliant (there's even a beautifully illustrated book of the song which I now own!). When it comes to his music, my favorites of his are songs that were "album tracks" (the kind of songs you've only going to know if you are familiar with his album/CDs - the ones that don't get played on the radio - since he's not what I call a "hit singles" artist). So here goes - Circle of Steel (from "Sundown), Daylight Katy, Sea of Tranquility, Dream Street Rose, Seven Island Suite, Summertime Dream, The Soul is the Rock, A Tree too Weak to Stand, In My Fashion, 14 Karat Gold ... I could go on & on.
Re: Bruce Springsteen - My absolute favorite is Thunder Road
There is a beautiful garden estate in the Phila. area called Longwood Gardens. There is a tradition there to present a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta every June, so we plan our usual annual visit around that - visiting the gardens by day, and enjoying the outdoor amphitheater performance in the evening. This year's operetta will be "The Mikado." BTW, if you haven't seen the movie "Topsy Turvy," rent it. It's about the making of "The Mikado." The soundtrack is wonderful too (and it includes some pieces from their other operettas). One year our local Jewish "Y" staged a Yiddish production of "The Pirates of Penzance" (Der Gazlanim Ha-yam - The Thieves of the Sea). I don't speak Yiddish, but can understand the words, particularly if they are similar to Hebrew. We took my father-in-law to this performance, and he understood every word! We enjoyed it very much too - of course it helps that we are totally familiar with the story & plot.
G & S in Yiddish....what a stitch! Pirates is a fun one. My favorite may be Iolanthe.
You're going to see Lightfoot soon? Lucky you! Hope you can tell us about it afterward. I just love his voice, as well as his music.
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"Pirates" is a hoot. We were also lucky enough to see it on Broadway toward the end of its run. Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits) had the role of Frederic! I the melodies of G&S, and the lyrics are so clever.
The Gordon Lightfoot concert will be on Sunday, May 20. He doesn't have the vocal range he used to have (probably related to a life threatening illness a few years ago, not to mention age), but still sounds reasonably good. His melodies, IMHO, are so beautiful. I also really enjoy his back up band.
My favorite version of "City of New Orleans" is John Denver's. I think he has such a gorgeous voice, a tenor filled with sunlight, and now of course it makes me tear up. I miss him.
And then I poked around for other versions and found Judy Collins singing it.
Willie Nelson's is lovely too, of course, but I prefer the more "forward" rhythm of Denver's. It's a glorious song, isn't it. And here's the song's writer, Steve Goodman, singing it, also with a faster rhythm.
I forgot this one! It's a Stephen Sondheim song from an obscure musical called Merrily We Roll Along. It's sung at the moment of graduation from a performing arts school. Though of course Sondheim writes about sadness and shadowy things, this song is full of nothing but hopefulness and exhilaration. It's called "Our Time." Hearing it always makes me happy. ("Someday just began....")
I recently discovered this song on the DVD of the romantic time-travel movie Kate and Leopold. It's a song written by Sting for the movie, and it was produced as a video for the DVD. It's a lovely haunting waltz called "Until."
A rather old favorite is "The Rose," here sung by Bette Midler. It's just a wonderful love song. Normally I prefer the music to the lyrics, but in this song, I love the words as well.
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A lovely song, indeed. I've got a lot of music catching up to do!
Originally Posted by Olympia
A blast from the past. If I ever had to choose my most favorite song, it would be "Windy" by the Association. I the melody, and I'm a sucker for flute (I guess that's also why I've always liked Jethro Tull music). I also most of the British Invasion music, especially the Beatles, but I am also partial to Petula Clark. "Downtown" is the first record I ever bought, and the first piece of sheet music I ever bought for piano was "I Know a Place." Thank goodness I now have a CD of many of her songs - guilty pleasures for me (Color My World, Don't Sleep in the Subway, Round Every Corner, Sign of the Times, etc.). We finally got to see her in concert @ our local Keswick Theatre (in Glenside, PA - suburban Philly) about 4 years ago. She still looked great and sounded great! her British accent, too, which comes across in some of her songs.
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I remember loving "Downtown." It has such a lovely tune. I share your general love of British Invasion music.
And oboy, Jethro Tull! Most of his music was too rock-ish for me, but somehow I happened upon Songs from the Wood, which is much more folk and myth-based. Perhaps my favorite, both for the music and the lyrics, is "Cup of Wonder," which is like a journey to Narnia: